Corporate & Institutional Partnerships
Through the extraordinary support of our private sector partners, trusts, institutions and foundations, we have been able to deliver projects that touch the lives of thousands of women entrepreneurs across the world.
We see our corporate and institutional partners as just that – partners. We don’t believe that ‘one size fits all’ – we take pride in working closely with organisations to design projects that harness their expertise, fulfil their objectives and realise their passion for women’s empowerment.
Below are some of the ways we have worked with corporate and institutional partners to make a difference to women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.
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The power of partnerships
Between 2012 and 2014, we worked in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, Nokia and a number of mobile network operators to develop an award-winning mobile learning tool called Business Women. This service delivered business training and tips via SMS to over 100,000 women in Nigeria, Tanzania and Indonesia. Subscribers received five to six messages a week over the course of a year-long ‘curriculum’ which covered a wide range of topics, from book-keeping and customer relations to personnel management and access to capital. In 2014, an independent evaluation of the Business Women service, conducted by Michigan State University, found that 90% of subscribers felt the service gave them “practical guidance” on making their businesses grow and offered an “inexpensive way to become better-informed businesswomen”. Read more here.
Between 2014 and 2016, we worked with Accenture to support over 16,000 women in Rwanda to grow their small-scale businesses through a combination of training, mentoring and access to financial services via mobile phones. As well as providing vital funding, Accenture has provided practical and technical support on a wide range of issues, from developing webinars to advising on the development of mobile financial products. As a result of the project over 14,000 businesses were either sustained or established and over 3,000 new jobs were created. In addition, the financial situation of the women’s families improved by an average of 33%. Read more here.
The Mentoring Women in Business Programme has partnered with Bank of America since 2012 to offer selected Bank of America employees the unique opportunity to build their leadership skills through mentoring a woman entrepreneur to take her business to the next level. Our partnership with Bank of America has grown from strength to strength year on year, and has been instrumental in helping us develop our vibrant online community of entrepreneurs and professionals and reach women from around the world. To date, more than 200 women entrepreneurs from over 17 countries have been mentored by Bank of America employees. Read more here.